Kind Carpenter Helps Homeless Men Get Back On Their Feet…

Kind Carpenter

Georgia native Brian Preston lost his remodeling business, his house and the family cars when the recession hit back in 2008, but he never lost hope. The resilient builder came up with a new plan – to make furniture from reclaimed wood like dismantled barns and shipping palettes. He needed employees to start his venture and he found his first in an unusual place – living in the woods behind a shopping center. The homeless man had a story similar to Brian’s – he had been in the housing business and lost everything when the recession hit.

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T.C. Curtis, one of Brian Preston’s first hires, is a carpenter. He walked 500 miles from Florida to Georgia looking for a job.

“I swore I would never come back,” Curtis said as he went again to the woods where he lived in a tent for ten months. He remembered the day he left the site for good: “It took me four trips to get all my stuff outta here.”

Curtis can now afford to rent a room at a boarding house. He has also opened his first checking account in fifteen years. He had run into people like himself. “‘There ain’t no hope,'” Curtis said of what they told him. “And I said, ‘You can build hope.'”

“T.C. just needed some tools,” said Preston. “T.C. just needed a chance. It’s just amazing what a job can do for somebody like that. I completely took it for granted.”

The company is on pace to do a half-million dollars in sales this year– using reclaimed wood to rebuild lives.

Source – CBS News


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